Technology

Getting ready to get it rightCAD and/or GI requirements remain one of the more frequently overlooked aspects of a project scope, in terms of resources, budget and time. Yet experience suggests that the more such specialists are consulted, the more likely it is that customer expectations will be met, says James Cutler, eMapSite

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WorkstationsFor CAD, workstation performance is essential, but keeping your machine cool without it sounding like a plane taking off, is also vital.

Matching site data to MasterMapThe recent launch of OS Net brings real time kinematic (RTK) GPS to the field and site surveyor and centimetre level positioning. But what does this mean to those in the construction industry?

Maps and LBSThe AEC sector needs to be au fait with OS MasterMap Integrated Transport Network (ITN) Layer in order to meet the needs of customers and add value to already rich propositions, says eMapSite’s James Cutler.

OpenGL logoLater this year Microsoft will be launching Windows Vista, its long awaited next generation operating system. With Vista actively promoting DirectX, Robert Jamieson asks what is the future of OpenGL, the 3D API used by most CAD applications?

ARRKThe idea of creating scale models out of materials cured by lasers used to be the stuff of science fiction. But one company is already pushing the boundaries of architectural model making with its groundbreaking Rapid Prototyping technology

Google EarthThe recent entry of online search specialist, Google into the spatial arena with Google Earth has caused a frenzy of activity, but what implications might this new generation technology have for mapping in the construction sector?

VisualisationWith the use of VIZ Render and a few extra minutes of work on your Architectural Desktop model, anyone can produce a fairly good rendered image says CADline’s Technical Services Manager, Justin Taylor.

MotorwayContinuing his theme of mapping, James Cutler, CEO, eMapSite, looks at the use of bespoke web portals that allow multiple levels of access (management team, project team, client, suppliers, sub-consultants, quality team) to various project resources via a simple website.

British museumThis month's Cambridge-based workshop and conference, held at the British Museum in London, demonstrated that the momentum behind the Smart Geometry group continues to grow. In the first of two articles, Martyn Day reports.

GenerativeBentley’s long-term development of parametric modelling tools has finally reached the real world. The Smart Geometry Group continues to evangelise Bentley’s unique approach to form design.

OS MapContinuing the theme of previous articles, James Cutler, eMapSite, aims to further demystify OS MasterMap, by explaining how to use it and why for so many commercial users new systems need not be sought, contrary to advice in some quarters.

eMapSiteJames Cutler, CEO, eMapSite, looks at how Web services have enabled a new breed of digital geographic data supplier to play the multi-part role of data broker, data assimilation service and presentation toolkit.

RevitIn the latest of his series of articles on Autodesk Revit, CADline's Paul Woddy looks at how Revit's powerful scheduling functionality can be extended, with the use of additional parameters, to enable it to count more effectively.

RobbieRob Jamieson revisits an area which is very important for the design sector, but not necessarily as important to general computing. 64-bit Windows is shipping but does it work for mainstream CAD?

CadlineIn Architectural Desktop 2006, Display Themes are used to incorporate non-graphical data in a drawing by highlighting objects that meet certain specified criteria. This feature can dramatically reduce the production time for a drawing.

OS MapOrdnance Survey’s Mastermap promised the earth when it was launched, but its uptake in the AEC sector has been limited. James Cutler of eMapSite puts forward the case as to why CAD and GIS users should choose MasterMap as their mapping base.

Online toolsA new generation of online services are now allowing diverse project teams to collaborate and manage geographic information more efficiently says James Cutler, CEO at eMapSite.

Laptops: Future proofed?As an engineer or designer what exactly do you need from a laptop? Rob Jamieson dispels some of the common myths about technology and future proofing for Computer Aided Design on the go.